Yolisa Phahle


Yolisa Phahle is the Chief Executive Officer of M-Net South Africa.

Phahle was previously M-Net’s Director for Local Interest Channels.

Phahle was born in the United Kingdom, with firm roots in South Africa.

Phahle attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, majoring in classical piano and violin, but soon found herself immersed in popular music, sharing a stage with the likes of Duran Duran and Jamiroquai.

Phahle joined the BBC World Service in 1998, training as Studio Manager and later as a music producer.

Four years later, Phahle moved to a post as senior music producer at BBC 6 Music, the broadcaster’s first-ever digital radio station and its first new music channel in 30 years.

In addition, Phahle worked as a Sound and Vision Mixer in continuity for BBC television.

Phahle’s South African roots and love for African music saw her return to South Africa in 2004, where she joined Channel O as General Manager.

Phahle became Director of Special Interest Channels in 2009.

Phahle has spearheaded the revival of these channels, turning Channel O into the number one music channel on the African continent and successfully launching youth channel Vuzu and local content channels Mzansi Magic and Mzansi Music.


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